Hide and Seek by Vernon Scannell. Before he got into poetry he spent time in tough occupations including boxing and the army. He took part in the D-Day landings. He was interested in writing poems about war and childhood. Themes. Childhood Excitement Loneliness
Hide and Seek by Vernon Scannell
Call out, call loud -"I'm ready. Come and find me!"The sacks in the tool-shed smell like the seaside.
They'll never find you in the salty dark,But be careful that your feet aren't sticking out,Wiser not to risk another shout.The floor is cold.
They'll probably be searching the bushes, near the swing.Whatever happens you mustn't sneezeWhen they come prowling in.
And here they are, whispering at the doorYou've never heard them sound so hushed before.Don't breathe, don't move, stay dumb.
Hide in your blindness, they're moving closerSomeone stumbles, muttersTheir words and laughter scuttle and they're gone,But don't come out just yet, they'll try the laneAnd then the greenhouse and back here again.
They must be thinking that you're very clever,Getting more puzzled as they search all over.It seems a long time since they went away.Your legs are stiff, the cold bites through your coat.The dark damp smell of sand moves in your throat.
It's time to let them know that you're the winnerPush off the sacks, uncurl and stretch.That's better! Out of the shed and call to them -"I've won! Here I am! Come and own up! I've caught you!"The darkening garden watches, nothing stirsThe bushes hold their breath, the sun is goneYes, here you are - But where are they who sought you?
- See if you can find images that fit these categories.
Lines 1 and 2 – Repeated ‘c’ sounds.
Line 3 (and through the whole poem) – Repeated S sounds. (The fancy name for which is sibilance.)
This might sound like the sea at time – where in particular?
Repeated use of consonants to create serious deep tones – ‘d’ in dark for example.
Hide and Seek by Vernon ScannellPowerPoint for IGCSE Literature: Anthology (section C)by Mr Monaghan, September 2011